Liverpool

Brookside actor Brian Regan 'drove killer gunman'

Brian Regan
Image caption Brian Regan played Terry Sullivan in Brookside for 14 years

Former Brookside actor Brian Regan was a member of a gang which lured a man to his death in Liverpool, the city's crown court has heard.

Mr Regan, 53, who played Terry Sullivan in the Channel 4 soap, drove the killer to a pub where Bahman Faraji, 44, was shot in the face, jurors were told.

Mr Faraji, a nightclub doorman from Liverpool, was killed outside the Belgrave pub in Aigburth in February.

Mr Regan of St Mary's Road, Liverpool, denies murder.

He is accused alongside three other Liverpool men - the alleged gunman Edward Heffey, 40, of Beloe Street, Lee Dodson, 42, of Logfield Drive, and Simon Smart, 32, of Kylemore Way.

They all deny murder.

'Dirty phone'

Prosecutor Brian Cummings said Mr Faraji was killed by Mr Heffey after Mr Dodson had enlisted the actor's help.

"Edward Heffey was the gunman who actually shot the victim, and Brian Regan, by arrangement with Lee Dodson, drove Heffey to and from the scene of the shooting, fully aware of the purpose of Heffey's trip," Mr Cummings said.

Image caption Bahman Faraji was shot as he left the Belgrave pub in Aigburth

He said the victim was lured to the pub on 24 February following a series of phone calls he received from a mobile phone used by Mr Smart.

"All the indications were that this was a dirty phone obtained for the purpose of luring Mr Faraji to his death and used in a disciplined way that was designed to leave no clue as to the identity of its user," he said.

Mr Cummings said the gunman "raised what appeared to be a shortened double-barrelled shotgun and fired it directly into Mr Faraji's face".

"There was a cloud of smoke and Mr Faraji fell to the ground," he said.

"The gunman fled the scene on foot and witnesses saw him carrying a gun under his arm.

"He then got into a waiting vehicle driven by Brian Regan."

'I'll be shot'

The court heard that the day after the shooting, police stopped a Ford Escort estate in Liverpool city centre, carrying Mr Regan and his girlfriend Christine Line, 48.

Mr Cummings said the actor gave a witness statement saying the car belonged to a friend but he had the use of it.

"He said he'd been using the car the previous evening but he had not been in the area where the murder took place," the prosecutor said.

"Christine Line's witness statement said broadly the same thing but there were some significant differences," he added.

Police arrested them both and took them into custody for questioning.

The jury was told that as they travelled to the police station, Regan said: "I done nothing wrong and I didn't do anything willingly."

The actor told the officers "I want to help you but I'll be shot", said Mr Cummings.

The prosecution claim the couple, who live together, lied to police to try to give Mr Regan a false alibi.

Both deny a joint charge of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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